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Old 10-31-2010, 10:30 PM
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Windshield re-install: Leave BB holes & repair crack

I'm ready to put my windshield glass back in and start driving my project. ('67 IH XCab body on a 96 GM chassis)

I can purchase a new windshield but I'm thinking about putting the old one back in. It has 4 bb holes in it. 2 of them are full craters with a blowout on the interior. One of these then served as the weak point for a full vertical crack from top to bottom to the left of the steering wheel (looking out). The other two are partial hits and just have a half-moon looking crack to them. I like the look of the bb holes - so I'm saying I WANT them left in.

If I do put this back in - I want to try and fill in the crack and do a partial fill of the full bb holes just to seal them from the outside but keep them visible. The filling would be done with this stuff:
http://www.crackeraser.com/

Has anybody used this stuff or anything better?

Am I crazy to want to leave the BB holes visible?

Thanks for your feedback.

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Old 10-31-2010, 10:43 PM
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No doubt about it, I wouldn't think about it for a second I would put the new windshield in. Unless it is a thrashed beater, then what the heck. But if this is a decent truck that you are fixing up, replace it.

I have to tell you, you will be the master glass man of the century if you can put a rubber gasket windshield in that has a crack without snapping it in half.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:59 AM
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Here....a windshield with a crack or hole will not pass inspection.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:56 AM
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Here....a windshield with a crack or hole will not pass inspection.
Nor will it pass anywhere else if the crack or hole is within the sweep of the wiper blades.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:41 PM
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Uh, geeze thanks for that uplifting contribution to my thread! I guess I will go burn my truck to the ground and then commit suicide so that I don't have to deal with the guilt of my BB holes.
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You asked......

"Am I crazy to want to leave the BB holes visible?"

We were just saying what we thought about it.......take it any way you like.

I take it there must be no inspection process for vehicles in your area, whether it be for licensing.....or insurance?
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OK my bad guys sorry. I get now that you were responding to my original question. It was the timing of the replies (after the glass is back in) that threw me off. Thanks for trying to help.
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Whether for cost or nostalgia reasons, you decided to use the old glass instead of buying new. No issues; I'll probably do the same.

Now for the BB holes...I'd take your project on over to a glass man and see what he can do about a repair. I'll bet that there is a way to inject a polymer into the hole for a permanent repair. And around here, if there's a crack that only hits a single edge and doesn't cross the driver's plane of view, then there's no problem.
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I know one thing that maybe would have pushed me to do the same thing, that windshield is probably not a cheap one! It isn't like a 65 Chevelle or something where they are a hundred bucks. I'll bet that wrap around baby costs a few bucks.

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Whether for cost or nostalgia reasons, you decided to use the old glass instead of buying new. No issues; I'll probably do the same.

Now for the BB holes...I'd take your project on over to a glass man and see what he can do about a repair. I'll bet that there is a way to inject a polymer into the hole for a permanent repair. And around here, if there's a crack that only hits a single edge and doesn't cross the driver's plane of view, then there's no problem.
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